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Academic Opportunities

The Du Bois Department Graduate Organization welcomes submissions from undergraduate and graduate students and faculty for its third annual symposium, "Look Back and Wonder: Examining the Impact of Black Studies on Academia." Relevant themes for papers and panel presentations related to this topic... Read More
Commonwealth Honors College and the Springfield Museums offer opportunities for honors students to help launch the new Amazing World of Dr. Seuss Museum.... Read More


The last day to add or drop a spring 2017 class with no record is Monday, February 6, 2017.
What's New at Honors, the Honors College weekly newsletter, will be suspended until Spring 2017 classes resume.
Offered during Spring 2017, the new course SCANDIN 397MH will include readings of literary works, films, and political debates about immigration to Sweden past and present. This is a one-time only course offering, taught by Fulbright Hildeman Fellow Dr. Markus Huss.  Classes will be held Monday... Read More
Students must use CHC PATHS to submit spring 2017 course contracts for an Honors Independent Study (ISH) or an Honors Thesis/Project (499Y/T/P) no later than Wednesday, December 14.

Achievements and Accolades

Chaitra Gopalappa, CHC professor in industrial engineering, was invited to present at the National Academy of Sciences'... Read More

Open Courses

Have you ever thought about the role of maps in society beyond their practical applications? Today many of use maps on a daily basis and it has become increasingly easy for ‘ordinary’ people to create their own. But what is a map? How have maps, and the purposes they serve, changed over time? In... Read More
History 393NH: Nazi Germany is still enrolling for the spring 2017 semester. The course will examine how a nation that was a leader in science and the arts could give rise to extremist (utopian) politics on the Left (Communism) and the Right (Nazism). We will look at how the progressive democracy... Read More
Why have Latin Americans joined social movements, often at high personal risk? When have those movements achieved their goals, and what common obstacles have they faced? Study labor movements, student movements, LGBTQ organizing, and other efforts in Latin American countries in the course "... Read More
Scandinavian 387H: Viking Revival is a spring semester course that will explore Scandinavia's 19th-century revival of the Viking image as a modern nationalist idea. The class will meet Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10:00-11:15 a.m. The course will use literature, philopsophy, music, and the visual... Read More
Come explore the relationship between the non-human environment and major global dynamics. This Honors environmental history course deals with agriculture, disease, transportation, energy, philosophy and more, from the U.S. to China, Tanzania, the U.K, and Brazil. The course name on Spire is HIST... Read More

Campus Announcements and Activities

Each year New Students Orientation (NSO) selects a new group of great students for the orientation leader position. NSO leaders are among the first people new students interact with at UMass Amherst and it is important to make a great... Read More
Germaine Buck-Louis, PhD, will present "Environmental Influences on Human Reproduction: Moving Beyond Individuals to Couples." Buck-Louis is the director and senior investigator of the Division of Intramural Population Health Research, Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and... Read More
December 17 is the second Reading Day for the fall 2016 semester.
The last day of classes for the fall 2016 semester will be Wednesday, December 14.
Final exams for fall 2016 semester classes resume on Monday, December 19, and end on Thursday, December 22.
December 15 is the first Reading Day for the fall 2016 semester.